“Technology is part of civilization and being anti-technology would be like declaring war on architecture and civilization itself. If I can get carried away with some passion about the poetry of the light in one of my projects, then I can also, in the same vein, enjoy the poetry of the hydraulic engineering.”
The best architecture comes from a synthesis of all the elements that separately comprise and inform the character of a building:
- structure that holds it up;
- services that allow it to function;
- its ecology;
- quality of natural light;
- symbolism of the form;
- the way you move through or around it;
- its ability to lift the spirits.
Willis Faber and Dumas ,Ipswich,UK:
- Statistics: Area: 21 000 m2
- Height: 21.5 m
- Client: Willis Faber and Dumas Ltd
- New social dimension.
- Democratising the workplace and engendering a sense of community.
- LOW RISE BUILDING
- ALL AROUND URBAN PLANNING
- Design according to the site.
- Pushing the limits of technology, the mullion-free solar-tinted-glass curtain wall.
- sheath-like glass curtain wall.
- By day, the glass reflects an eclectic collage of Ipswichs old buildings; by night it dissolves dramatically to reveal the building within.
- use of escalators in a three-storey structure, the central atrium, and the social dimension offered by its swimming pool, roof-top garden and restaurant, were all conceived in a spirit of democratizing the workplace and engendering a sense of community.